Kathie Lee Gifford Pens Tribute to Late Husband Frank Gifford One Year After His Death

Kathy Lee Gifford, Frank Gifford
Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford attend the opening night of 'Scandalous' on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on Nov. 15, 2012, in New York City. Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Kathie Lee Gifford wrote in an open letter dedicated to her late husband, Frank, that she has survived the past year since his death by taking it day by day.

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"I've gotten through this past year the way I've gotten through every day of my life: faithfully trusting God to do what God does, which is to show up, redeem and restore," the Today show host wrote in an open letter on Today.com Tuesday, August 9. “God doesn't promise you a year. He promises you a day at a time. He broke life into 24-hour periods because that's all we can handle. The next day, you reach for your fresh cup of mercy that you need every bit as much as the day before.”

The TV personality, 62, went on to recall the day she found her husband dead inside their Connecticut home on August 9, 2015.

“When I found Frank on that beautiful Sunday morning, he was already gone,” she continued. “The look on his face was complete and total wonder. I felt in that moment he saw Jesus, and Jesus took his breath away. That's the way I want to go.”

As previously reported, the former NFL star died of natural causes at the age of 84.

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“He passed away still beautiful and one week shy of 85. He went ready to go to church that day,” she continued. “And you know what, he sure did go to church that day!”

Gifford concluded her letter by giving others who may be grieving a word of advice. “I would tell them it's impossible to do it on your own. You need to immerse yourself in the word of God. What I would do is get up in the morning and spend time in prayer,” she shared. “Start really learning as much Scripture as possible so you can quote it without looking it up, so it's in your DNA. You can call on it when you're feeling challenged in your faith. … Concentrate on what you still have and the memories and the knowledge that you will all be united one day,” she concluded. “I am not saying it's easy. I am saying it's possible.”

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The couple were married in October 1986 and share children Cassidy, 23, and Cody, 26.

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